Becca: Have you always been fit? Has there been something in your life that has influenced you to live this healthy lifestyle?
Melissa: For most of my life I have been fit. Being Fit didn’t come naturally. I always had to work at it. Growing up I was a competitive athlete in many sports, but soccer was my passion. It was my life for 27 years and gave me the opportunity for a scholarship in college and to play professional. Being in a gym and on a field working out with other athletes and strength coaches led me down my path of becoming a personal trainer myself.
Becca: Have you suffered any setbacks/injuries in your career? How have you struggled and how have you overcome these battles?
Melissa: With being so active at such a competitive level your body gets tired. Unfortunately when my body got tired I suffered a few injuries. I have had 5 surgeries. Luckily I had the support of family, friends, and teammates to help motivate me to get back to my fitness level every time. It started with physical therapy, running, biking, swimming, weight lifting and yoga. Did i mention that i had to do 5am workouts? Long story short is that starting over is never easy!!! This statement has never been more true than with my most recent accomplishment: I had my baby girl 4.5 months ago. Working out through pregnancy was super important. It helped me and the baby stay healthy throughout those 9 long months. After delivery, I had to wait 6 weeks to workout. Starting slow with just walking for 20 mins and body weight exercise helped me get motivated. For those mothers out there you know how hard it is to just get out of your pajamas. I told myself 20 minutes is better then going insane on the couch!
Becca: Any advice to the new moms or moms to be that are trying to stay fit and healthy?
Melissa: For you new moms that can’t get to the gym, don’t be afraid to do some squats – pushups – lunges – crunches -walking up and down the stairs in the comfort of your home. My baby girl must of thought I was crazy dancing around the living room. And don’t forget to sleep when your adorable baby sleeps. Cheers!